This year our campaign begins with a launch leaflet delivered to every house. The
leaflet contains copies all the information needed to participate in this year’s
campaign, including Garden Competition details and Tidy-up dates.
As always, we are aiming to increase dog-fouling awareness. We provide dog gloves
at four sites around the village. Look out for posters designed by children for
our 2014 Dog-fouling Awareness Poster Competition. We also have a new design for
our poster which displays the penalties for people who do not pick up after their
What’s new? Our updated Village Maps, situated on Newport Road near the phone box,
at the Village Hall and by the Greenway at Station Road Car Park. Also a display
of BKV notices and information on a fence opposite the church on Newport Road.
The Tidy-up of Wednesday 6th May was combined with a Community Clean Up Walk, an
initiative from the Health and Well-being team at Stafford Borough Council. Several
teams set off from the Village Hall to look for litter on lanes leading from the
village. Looking after the village centre was important, too and some people stayed
within the thirty mph limit to pick and sweep there. A further Tidy-up was held
on Thursday 14th May, after a day of rain.
The latest newsletter contains details and images of the Community Clean Up event
held on Wednesday 6th May.
The scheduled Tidy-ups have been completed, the judges have visited, inspected and
deliberated, and we are awaiting the result of this year’s campaign which will be
announced on Monday 3rd August. In the meantime, feast your eyes on these glorious
pots of colour, which can be see on Newport Road.
A special presentation evening will be held on Monday 10th August at 7.30pm in the
Village Hall when this year’s BKV campaign will be reviewed and the prizes for the
Best Kept Garden Competition will be awarded.
The presentation of the Best Kept Village Awards for 2015 took place on Monday 3rd
August at Stafford College. Haughton was again awarded the titles of Best Kept Large
Village in Stafford Area and Best Kept Large Village in Staffordshire. These titles
have been awarded to the village for five successive years. BKV leader Peter Lawrence
accepted the awards of a certificate, the county shield and an oak tree donated by
CPRE on behalf of the village.
Peter Lawrence paid tribute to Bert Moore after accepting the county award
County winners (Large and Small Village) received an oak tree from CPRE
John Perry, Chairman of the Best Kept Village Competition Working Group joins some
of Haughton’s BKV team
How tall will this tree grow, do you think?
A collection of balloons and awards
Pictured below, at the Village Hall, on the day following the result are some of
the many volunteers who took part in this year’s campaign. Photograph taken by Miriam
The annual evening of awards was held on Monday 10th August at the Village Hall.
Councillor Mike Allen, Chairman of Haughton Parish Council, opened the proceedings
before handing over to BKV Leader Peter Lawrence, who gave an overview of this year’s
campaign and thanked everyone who took part for their help in the ‘five in a row’
success. Mr Roger Barker presented the prizes and certificates to the winners of
the Best Kept Garden and Hanging Baskets Competition. Cllr Allen thanked Mr Lawrence
for his leadership in bringing the title of Best Kept Large Village in Staffordshire
to Haughton for an outstanding fifth successive time. The evening concluded with